82%% of burglary cases go unsolved in the Essex West area as Lib Dems call for a Burglary Response Guarantee

29 May 2024

The Liberal Democrats have announced their plans for a Burglary Response Guarantee as new data uncovered by the party reveals the shocking scale of unsolved burglaries in local areas across England and Wales.

The figures were compiled from a series of Freedom of Information requests by the party, which have broken down unsolved burglaries data by local area. 

The number of burglaries that went unsolved in the Essex West area which includes Brentwood & Ongar in 2023 was 82%. 

Of the 2044 cases, 1669 had their investigation completed with no suspect identified. 

Nationally, official government figures show that nearly 76% of burglaries went unsolved in 2023. 

It comes as Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has announced his plans to include a Burglary Response Guarantee in his party’s manifesto. The party’s proposals would ensure that all domestic burglaries are attended by the police and properly investigated. 

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Brentwood & Ongar, David Kendall said: 

“Too many families in Brentwood & Ongar now feel unsafe in their own homes because this Conservative Government has decimated frontline policing for too long.

“Victims are being denied justice because Conservative ministers can’t even get the basics right on solving crime. That is why the Liberal Democrats would deliver a Burglary Response Guarantee, to ensure all home burglaries are attended by the police and properly investigated.

“People are sick of seeing their local communities plagued by crime and just want this appalling Conservative government to be kicked out of office.”

Police in attendance

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